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Zoe just wanted to help. Now she may have a killer in her home.

Zoe is happily married to Ethan until the day a 13-year-old boy shows up on their doorstep. He says his name is Micah and that Ethan is his father. Distressed because his mother is missing, Micah has come to them for help.

Ethan is wary – he didn’t know anything about Micah - but kind-hearted Zoe feels she can’t possibly turn her back on the boy. She welcomes him into their home and does her best to make him part of the family.

But there’s something off about Micah.

He lies constantly, creeps silently around the house and towers over Zoe, observing her every move. And his growing bond with Anna, Zoe’s young daughter, feels all wrong.

So when his mother's body is found and the police start looking for the murderer, Zoe realizes something terrible…

He might already be in her home.

The Better Mother – the stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Her Husband’s Secret.

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The Better Mother is a doozy of a book. It's one of those thrillers where you're hoping everything is just big misunderstanding. And when you start realizing what the truth is, if you're like me, you'll be saying, "I knew it!" But then... then you get that twist at the very, very end. And oh boy, does that hit you like a punch right to the gut. 
This story follows a perfect little family consisting of Zoe, Ethan, and their little daughter Anna. Everything is wonderful. Ethan is a busy surgeon at the hospital, and Zoe is a stay-at-home mom who used to be a nurse at the hospital. They love each other and their daughter, and all is right with their little world. Until one day, it's not...
Enter Micah, a teenage boy who says he's Ethan's son. His mom dated Ethan in college and never told him she was pregnant. And now she's missing, so Micah needs help. But Ethan isn't keen on Micah staying. Zoe, however, feels bad for him, and refuses to let Ethan send his son away. She invites Micah to stay with them while the police in investigate his mother's disappearance. Soon, though, Zoe starts to regret inviting Micah to stay. 
Did Micah have something to do with his mother's disappearance? Could Zoe and her family be in danger too? 
As Zoe struggles to piece together the truth about Micah and his mom, she comes to realize that some secrets were never meant to see the light of day.
I absolutely loved this book. It was kinda stressful, but I enjoyed trying to figure out what was really going on. Zoe frustrated me a bit with her whole jumping to conclusions thing that she kept doing. I understood where she was coming from, but she seemed to do it a bit too much. Instead of maybe trying to talk to Micah or her husband or anyone else, she internalized everything and then stressed and worried about it all. I get it. But it still annoyed me at times.
I can't say too much more, because I honestly don't want to spoil anything. But The Better Mother was one exciting thriller that kept me guessing, and even then, it surprised me right there at the very end. 
This one, for me, was a rare 5-star read. Check it out!

 Emily’s Bio  Emily Shiner always dreamed of becoming an author but first served her time as a banker and a teacher. After a lifetime of devouring stacks of thrillers, she decided to try her hand at writing them herself. Now she gets to live out her dream of writing novels and sharing her stories with people around the world. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains and loves hiking with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs.

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